Check alarms

Eastern Courier - - News -

The end of day­light sav­ing is a good time to check your smoke alarm. New Zealand Fire Ser­vice risk man­age­ment of­fi­cer Phil Fai­d­ley says that as well as turn­ing your clock back one hour this Sun­day at 3am, you should press and hold your smoke alarm test but­ton to make sure it func­tions. ‘‘If there is no sound, or it doesn’t sound right, change the bat­tery and try again,’’ Mr Fai­d­ley says. ‘‘If it still doesn’t work, then re­place it with a new, pho­to­elec­tric smoke alarm.’’ He says fire­fight­ers at­tend more than 3000 calls to house fires ev­ery year across the coun­try, and it is es­ti­mated that 80 per cent of these houses do not have a work­ing smoke alarm in­stalled. The New Zealand Fire Ser­vice rec­om­mends long-life, pho­to­elec­tric smoke alarms in or near ev­ery sleep­ing area in your home.

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